how to create a library in your home

August 18, 2011

Libraries have a distinct feel to them, don't they? I love the quietness and the sometimes serious and studious ambience found among the stacks of books.

This wooden library sign from Three Potato Four got me on a search for some fun library accents for the home.
What's a library without a card catalog? This image is a print, but I've been on the search for a real one for awhile. Every time I find one on ebay, it's in another state. Hopefully, one will turn up around here soon.
Leslie Dame 24-Drawer CD Media Storage Cabinet in Oak
They do sell card catalog style cd cabinets, but I'm hoping to find the real thing.
There are lots of library card options out there--I like these aged library cards. I've seen rainbow colored ones and white or cream versions as well. 
COS012730 - 2000 Plus Four-Band Date Stamp
The  date stamp. A must. 
These chalkboard bookends would be an easy DIY. I think we have some of these plain metal bookends in the garage somewhere. Now, I just need some green chalkboard paint.
This library print would be pretty hanging on the wall.

I have many memories of myself sitting on a library stool like this one, searching the lower shelves for just the right book.

*library scent. I've never smelled this, but doesn't the description sound lovely?

In the Library is a warm blend of English Novel*, Russian & Moroccan Leather Bindings, Worn Cloth and a hint of Wood Polish
*The main note in this scent was copied from one of my favorite novels originally published in 1927.  I happened to find a signed first edition in pristine condition many years ago in London.  I was more than a little excited because there were only ever a hundred of these in the first place.  It had a marvelous warm woody slightly sweet smell and I set about immediately to bottle it. 

And lastly, I found these library carts from the The Land of Nod. One of my elementary school's entire library was a cart like this one. I'm guessing that they just changed out the books for each grade level. It would roll over to our classroom once a week, I think. I remember checking out the Samantha Story Collection  that year. Looking forward to reading that one again.
Quiet! There's a Canary in the Library
This is one of my favorite Don Freeman books. It oozes old-school library charm.

What do you think? What are your favorite elements of a library?

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